1998 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL), began in April, 1998 following the 1997–98 regular season. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-7 series for conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships, and then the conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Stanley Cup.

The playoffs concluded on June 16 with the Detroit Red Wings winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship, defeating the Washington Capitals, who were in their very first Finals, in a four game sweep. Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman was named playoff MVP, and awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. As of today, the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings are the last team to defend their Stanley Cup Championship.

In the Eastern Semis, the Buffalo Sabres made history as they became the first team in NHL history to complete a four game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens on Montreal ice.

For the first time in history, both the Islanders and Rangers missed the playoffs in the same season. Also for the first time since 1969 the Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs.

The Stanley Cup, awarded to the champion of the NHL.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1  New Jersey 2     4  Washington 4  
8  Ottawa 4     8  Ottawa 1  


2  Pittsburgh 2 Eastern Conference
7  Montreal 4  
    4  Washington 4  
  6  Buffalo 2  
3  Philadelphia 1  
6  Buffalo 4  
4  Washington 4   6  Buffalo 4
5  Boston 2     7  Montreal 0  


  E4  Washington 0
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W3  Detroit 4
1  Dallas 4     1  Dallas 4
8  San Jose 2     7  Edmonton 1  
2  Colorado 3
7  Edmonton 4  
  1  Dallas 2
  3  Detroit 4  
3  Detroit 4  
6  Phoenix 2   Western Conference
4  St. Louis 4   3  Detroit 4
5  Los Angeles 0     4  St. Louis 2  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Conference quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Ottawa vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
April 22 Ottawa 2 1 New Jersey OT
April 24 Ottawa 1 3 New Jersey
April 26 New Jersey 1 2 Ottawa OT
April 28 New Jersey 3 4 Ottawa
April 30 Ottawa 1 3 New Jersey
May 2 New Jersey 1 3 Ottawa
Ottawa wins series 4–2
Montreal vs. Pittsburgh
Date Away Home
April 23 Montreal 3 2 Pittsburgh OT
April 25 Montreal 1 4 Pittsburgh
April 27 Pittsburgh 1 3 Montreal
April 29 Pittsburgh 6 3 Montreal
May 1 Montreal 5 2 Pittsburgh
May 3 Pittsburgh 0 3 Montreal
Montreal wins series 4–2
Buffalo vs. Philadelphia
Date Away Home
April 22 Buffalo 3 2 Philadelphia
April 24 Buffalo 2 3 Philadelphia
April 27 Philadelphia 1 6 Buffalo
April 29 Philadelphia 1 4 Buffalo
May 1 Buffalo 3 2 Philadelphia OT
Buffalo wins series 4–1
Boston vs. Washington
Date Away Home
April 22 Boston 1 3 Washington
April 24 Boston 4 3 Washington 2OT
April 26 Washington 3 2 Boston 2OT
April 28 Washington 3 0 Boston
May 1 Boston 4 0 Washington
May 3 Washington 3 2 Boston OT
Washington wins series 4–2

Western Conference[edit]

San Jose vs. Dallas
Date Away Home
April 23 San Jose 1 4 Dallas
April 24 San Jose 2 5 Dallas
April 26 Dallas 1 4 San Jose
April 28 Dallas 0 1 San Jose OT
April 30 San Jose 2 3 Dallas
May 2 Dallas 3 2 San Jose OT
Dallas wins series 4–2
Edmonton vs. Colorado
Date Away Home
April 22 Edmonton 3 2 Colorado
April 24 Edmonton 2 5 Colorado
April 26 Colorado 5 4 Edmonton OT
April 28 Colorado 3 1 Edmonton
April 30 Edmonton 3 1 Colorado
May 2 Colorado 0 2 Edmonton
May 4 Edmonton 4 0 Colorado
Edmonton wins series 4–3
Phoenix vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
April 22 Phoenix 3 6 Detroit
April 24 Phoenix 7 4 Detroit
April 26 Detroit 2 3 Phoenix
April 28 Detroit 4 2 Phoenix
April 30 Phoenix 1 3 Detroit
May 3 Detroit 5 2 Phoenix
Detroit wins series 4–2
Los Angeles vs. St. Louis
Date Away Home
April 23 Los Angeles 3 8 St. Louis
April 25 Los Angeles 1 3 St. Louis
April 27 St. Louis 4 3 Los Angeles
April 29 St. Louis 2 1 Los Angeles
St. Louis wins series 4–0

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference
Ottawa vs. Washington
Date Away Home
May 7 Ottawa 2 4 Washington
May 9 Ottawa 1 6 Washington
May 11 Washington 3 4 Ottawa
May 13 Washington 2 0 Ottawa
May 15 Ottawa 0 3 Washington
Washington win series 4–1
Montreal vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home
May 8 Montreal 2 3 Buffalo OT
May 10 Montreal 3 6 Buffalo
May 12 Buffalo 5 4 Montreal 2OT
May 14 Buffalo 3 1 Montreal
Buffalo wins series 4–0
Western Conference
Edmonton vs. Dallas
Date Away Home
May 7 Edmonton 1 3 Dallas
May 9 Edmonton 2 0 Dallas
May 11 Dallas 1 0 Edmonton OT
May 13 Dallas 3 1 Edmonton
May 16 Edmonton 1 2 Dallas
Dallas wins series 4–1
St. Louis vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
May 8 St. Louis 4 2 Detroit
May 10 St. Louis 1 6 Detroit
May 12 Detroit 3 2 St. Louis 2OT
May 14 Detroit 5 2 St. Louis
May 17 St. Louis 3 1 Detroit
May 19 Detroit 6 1 St. Louis
Detroit wins series 4–2

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference
Buffalo vs. Washington
Date Away Home
May 23 Buffalo 2 0 Washington
May 25 Buffalo 2 3 Washington OT
May 28 Washington 4 3 Buffalo OT
May 30 Washington 2 0 Buffalo
June 2 Buffalo 2 1 Washington
June 4 Washington 3 2 Buffalo OT
Washington wins series 4–2
and Prince of Wales Trophy
Western Conference
Detroit vs. Dallas
Date Away Home
May 24 Detroit 2 0 Dallas
May 26 Detroit 1 3 Dallas
May 29 Dallas 3 5 Detroit
May 31 Dallas 2 3 Detroit
June 3 Detroit 2 3 Dallas OT
June 5 Dallas 0 2 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–2 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Stanley Cup final[edit]

The 1998 Stanley Cup Finals were played in the 105th year of the Stanley Cup. The series was played between the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals. The Red Wings were led by Captain Steve Yzerman, Coach Scotty Bowman, and Goalie Chris Osgood. The Capitals were led by Captain Dale Hunter, Coach Ron Wilson, and Goalie Olaf Kolzig.

Washington vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
June 9 Washington 1 2 Detroit
June 11 Washington 4 5 Detroit OT
June 13 Detroit 2 1 Washington
June 16 Detroit 4 1 Washington
Detroit wins series 4–0
and Stanley Cup
Steve Yzerman (Detroit)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Steve Yzerman Detroit 22 6 18 24
Sergei Fedorov Detroit 22 10 10 20
Tomas Holmstrom Detroit 22 7 12 19
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 22 6 13 19
Joe Juneau Washington 21 7 10 17
Adam Oates Washington 21 6 11 17
Martin Lapointe Detroit 21 9 6 15
Larry Murphy Detroit 22 3 12 15
Vyacheslav Kozlov Detroit 22 6 8 14
Mike Modano Dallas 17 4 10 14
Preceded by
1997 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by
1999 Stanley Cup playoffs

See also[edit]